My recent trip to North Carolina provided me the opportunity to try my hand a little more with coastal photography. At times it was frustrating, searching for more interesting comps other than sky meets sea. The stretch of coast I was on didn't have much variation, like rocks and/or boulders to use as foreground elements.
Despite my innate ability to always highlight the bad things and realize what I don't have in the shot, I spent much of the morning using the great elements i did have.
The soft pre-dawn light gave a rich violet hue to the scene, which would soon fade as the sun woke up. I found this small section of beach where the sand had congregated into a ledge. When the water collided with it, spray would shoot up or if the wave was slower, the foam would creep over the sand, contouring to the shape. After trying out a few different shutter speeds I settled on this one. The water came in slow and smooth, complimenting the soft light. Using the lens sweet spot at an ISO of 400 gave me just the right amount of energy in the water, still providing a great amount of texture and detail.